‘Second Chances’ by Jane Briganti is Write Out Loud’s Poem of the Week

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As a result of close-minded teachers, Jane Briganti tells us, art took a back seat in her life for many years. I'm sure many of us can relate to that, and part of Write Out Loud's rationale is to provide a platform where poets can grow in confidence and enjoy the work of others. Here's your opportunity to enjoy Jane's poem Second Chances and her answers to our Q&A.

What got you into writing poetry? How long have you been writing?
I fell in love with poetry after being introduced to the works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Frost in high school.  I've been writing ever since. I must thank everyone at WOL for their support because the encouragement I have received from fellow writers has changed my life.  Since joining WOL I have grown as a writer and have had eight poems accepted for publication.


Do you go to any open-mic nights?
I have not had the opportunity to go to an open-mic night but it is something I would like to do.  Now, that I am planning to return to New York, I will put it on my agenda.

What’s your favourite poet/poem?
I enjoy reading the works of contemporary poets but I do not have any particular favorites as of yet.

You're cast away on a desert island. What's your luxury?
Leave me on a desert island with pencils, paper and the man I love!  Thank you WOL for changing my life!


Second Chances
by Jane Briganti

Second chances
don't always come
We want them
we need them
but still sometimes
opportunity leaves us
We look
to the Universe
to guide us as we go
waiting for a sign
To open
a new door
one must close an old
This is often
as stories
do unfold
A second chance
must not
be ignored
it may never
come again
Show the Universe
you have faith
move forward
without looking
Trust your destiny
to keep you
on track
Close the door
behind you
and throw
away the key
Bury the past
it wasn't meant
to last
Second chances
don't come
One must
search their
heart and mind
putting their
soul out on the line
Face fear
and uncertainty
of the unknown
Accept the truth
where you are now
is a place you have
out grown


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jennifer Malden

Mon 8th Oct 2018 16:49

Congratulations on another beautiful piece of writing - a richly deserved POTW.



Fri 5th Oct 2018 18:55

Congratulations Jane, well deserved POTW. You’ve been writing some great poetry.

All the best des

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Peter Taylor

Fri 5th Oct 2018 13:03

Well done, Jane, a really lovely piece which is wholly convincing at all levels and should be read often for its universal relevance
Peter T

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Fri 5th Oct 2018 06:27

Congratulations Jane your poems are very good love reading them and all others on WOL lots of love Wendy .x

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 3rd Oct 2018 17:25

The theme is excellent - cogently and persuasively expressed.

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Rose Casserley

Wed 3rd Oct 2018 11:13

so very much deserved Jane!


Rose ?

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Taylor Crowshaw

Tue 2nd Oct 2018 10:19

Absolutely delighted for you Jane. Well deserved poet and poem of the week...congratulations..Taylor xx ??

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Darren J Beaney

Tue 2nd Oct 2018 07:07

Good work Jane - well done you....




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Mon 1st Oct 2018 22:32

well done Jane - I'm glad WoL and its community have helped inspire and encourage your creativity and what a wonderful talent you are. Thanks so much for sharing your poetry and pictures with us. Good luck also with future projects. I'm looking forward to the Back to NYC Jane. All the best, Col.

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Jon Stainsby

Mon 1st Oct 2018 19:32

Congratulations, Jane

Big Sal

Mon 1st Oct 2018 14:22

I told you it was great.?

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Becky Who

Mon 1st Oct 2018 11:14

Congratulations Jane! Such a beautiful poem! I read it aloud to enjoy the rhymes even more.

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Mae Foreman

Mon 1st Oct 2018 10:51

Congratulations Jane! Wonderful poem! Keep writing and never let anyone shame you into hiding your poetry! To second chances!

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Graham Sherwood

Mon 1st Oct 2018 10:18

The management team of WOL held a meeting in Birmingham yesterday and discussed many things including the WOL feature.

Reading this today serves to cement what a brilliant feature it is to bring forward developing poets.

Very well done Jane, adding yourself to the POTW list, it is fully deserved.


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Brian Maryon

Mon 1st Oct 2018 09:49

Jane - congratulations! I am personally extremely pleased for you. Brian

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Martin Elder

Mon 1st Oct 2018 09:47

A very hearty well done for POTW. It is such a pleasure to see writers grow and develop in their craft and you are no exception in this Jane. I reminder to me to never give up as I feel like doing from time to time

Many congratulations on an excellent poem

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keith jeffries

Mon 1st Oct 2018 09:11


What great news to greet the day. Your writing is flourishing by the poem. Congratulations as this accolade is very well deserved. I am so pleased for you. Celebrate!!!


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